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Course Reserves

Instructors and Students: Learn how to navigate, incorporate, and use Course Reserves in your class. Best practices, instructions, FAQs and more!

Summer 2021 Hard Copy Course Reserves

Course Reserves will maintain a hard copy collection at the Parks Library Main Desk and the Design Reading Room during Summer 2021 classes.

NOTICE:  Course Reserves hard copy collection during COVID-19 has altered the check-out policy to minimize COVID surface transfer to protect patrons and library staff.

  • Course Reserves items will continue to have a 3-hour loan period, but upon return there will be a 24-hour wait period.
  • Instructors with concerns on the impact of this policy on their class should contact Course Reserves Staff (
  • Information for ISU students and instructors in COVID-19 self-isolation/quarantine on accessing Course Reserves hard copy collection can be found here.

If classes move again to 100% online and/or the Library closes due to COVID-19, changes to our services will be posted here.  Course Reserves will continue to provide services to all ISU classes.

Please contact us ( if you have any questions or problems.

What is Course Reserves?

The ISU Library's Course Reserves service works with instructors to make available required course materials for current classes. Instructors work with Library staff to create course lists of these materials, the majority of which are available full-text or streaming online and can be accessed by students 24/7. This allows students to access online course lists and required materials easily. Users will need to visit the Parks Library Main Desk or Design Reading Room Circulation Desk to access any "hard copy" reserve materials (books, DVDs, etc.).

I am an instructor. Why should I use Course Reserves?

The Library's Course Reserves staff are important partners for faculty in putting together required materials in many formats and making them available for students. Course Reserves staff also manage all relevant copyright issues (including fees) related to posting or distributing copyrighted materials within the Course Reserves system. This service saves time and money for faculty and the ISU community.  Students benefit with easy 24/7 accessibility of online course materials and no costly coursepacks.


ISU Open and Affordable Education Committee Video

In this video, Michèle Schaal, an Associate Professor of French and Women's and Gender Studies, shares her experience making her courses more affordable by working with Course Reserves through the Iowa State University Library.